Meryl Streep to head Berlin jury

Actress will preside over 66th edition.

by Amber Wilkinson

Meryl Streep will be president of the Berlinale jury
Meryl Streep will be president of the Berlinale jury Photo: Brigitte Lacombe
Three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep will be Jury President of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. It will be the first time in her career that Streep - currently on screens in Suffragette - has taken on the role of a juror at a film festival.

Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said: “Meryl Streep is one of the most creative and multifaceted film artists. To mark our enthusiasm for her extraordinary talent we awarded her the Honorary Golden Bear in 2012 for her lifetime achievement. I am very happy that she is returning to Berlin and with her artistic experience will take on the chairmanship of the International Jury.”

Streep, 66, said: “It is a thrill to return to the festival under any circumstances, but it is with great relish and anticipation I look forward to jury duty. The responsibility is somewhat daunting, as I have never been president of anything before, and I hope I can come up to the precedent set by the distinguished juries of preceding years. Grateful for the honour.”

Meryl Streep has appeared in more than 40 films and has received an unprecedented 19 Oscar nominations, winning for Kramer Vs Kramer, Sophie's Choice and The Iron Lady.

Meryl Streep has been a guest at the Berlin International Film Festival on a number of occasions: in 1999, she was awarded the Berlinale Camera, and in 2003, and shared a Silver Bear for The Hours with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman. In 2012, the Berlinale dedicated a homage to Meryl Streep and awarded her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement.

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